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Old 02-20-2007, 09:25 AM   #1
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Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

For months now my ears feel full and my head (especially my forehead and temples) feels like it is being gripped in a vice and my scalp is tender too. I feel off balance and dizzy and have a slight ringing in my right ear. Generally I do not feel unwell, but this is starting to get me down. I find myself holding / massaging my head to try and relieve the pressure, which is not good! Also, if I grip my nose and blow, I have a cracking noise in my nose, and also have a crackling noise in my ears. It's almost as if my head is full of fluid and pressure and there is no where for it to go! When I blow my nose, I get little, or no discharge. The feeling of pressure and tightness in my head and ears is the most worrying part. It is also worse if I learn forwards / bend down. Can anyone out there help please? The trips trips to the doctors have (so far) not helped at all!

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Re: Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

Hey,
It sounds like a classic sinus infection causing a back up of fluid in the ears.. maybe even a mild ear infection. Are you running a fever? Low grade? (99 - 100.4 F)

If the answer is yes, given your symptoms I would definitely say it is a sinus infection, possible impacted and that you will need 21 - 28 days of anti-biotics. If you have only been going to GP's go to an ENT. They will knock the bugger out with out messing around with seven days of this then fourteen days of that and maybe even another round of anti-biotics after that...

The preferred anti-biotic for dark cavity infections, like sinus infections; are cephalosporins and cillan derivatives.. anything else does not penetrate the area as efficiently.

Best of luck getting a diagnosis. Classic requirements for the diagnosis of a sinus infection are a fever of 100.4 for a minimum of seven - ten days in conjuction with the facial pain and other symptoms that you discribed. If you haven't run a fever for at least seven days they will tell you to go home and call back after that period has been reached.

In my personal experience chronic sinus infection sufferers will stop running fevers with sinus infections, I think our bodies just get used to living with it.

Sincerely,
MG

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Old 02-20-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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Hey,
It sounds like a classic sinus infection causing a back up of fluid in the ears.. maybe even a mild ear infection. Are you running a fever? Low grade? (99 - 100.4 F)

If the answer is yes, given your symptoms I would definitely say it is a sinus infection, possible impacted and that you will need 21 - 28 days of anti-biotics. If you have only been going to GP's go to an ENT. They will knock the bugger out with out messing around with seven days of this then fourteen days of that and maybe even another round of anti-biotics after that...

The preferred anti-biotic for dark cavity infections, like sinus infections; are cephalosporins and cillan derivatives.. anything else does not penetrate the area as efficiently.

Best of luck getting a diagnosis. Classic requirements for the diagnosis of a sinus infection are a fever of 100.4 for a minimum of seven - ten days in conjuction with the facial pain and other symptoms that you discribed. If you haven't run a fever for at least seven days they will tell you to go home and call back after that period has been reached.

In my personal experience chronic sinus infection sufferers will stop running fevers with sinus infections, I think our bodies just get used to living with it.

Sincerely,
MG

 
Old 02-20-2007, 12:17 PM   #4
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Re: Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

Hi MG, many thanks for your reply, much appreciated. Well I do not have a temperature or fever, but I will take on board your advice and re-visit my GP and see if they offer me any antibiotics / ENT referral.

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Old 03-22-2007, 12:31 PM   #5
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Re: Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

Are most ear pressure/lightheadedness problems something serious do you think?

 
Old 03-22-2007, 04:12 PM   #6
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sorry you're not feeling well.

Have you recently hurt your neck, upper back or jaw?

let us know

 
Old 03-22-2007, 06:09 PM   #7
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sorry you're not feeling well.

Have you recently hurt your neck, upper back or jaw?

let us know
Neck- I have a slight bulging disc
Jaw-TMJ
Upper back-been out of place off and on

What does all this equal too?

 
Old 03-24-2007, 07:15 AM   #8
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Re: Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

Well I have symptoms like yours ever since I injured my neck. My upper back muscles and ligaments are very tight as well. I also have some TMJ issues. When I went to see an ENT he old me that there is nothing wrong with my ears (my hearing is fine), but he also said that TMJ and neck muscle injuries can absolutley cause ear pain fullness.

Other symptoms I have are headaches, brain fog and blurry vision. But I had an mri and eye exam and there is nothing wrong with my brain or eyes!

Hope you're feeling better!

 
Old 04-03-2007, 01:11 PM   #9
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Hi,

It seems like it is so hard to figure out what is going on. So many doctors and so much time suffering with these symptoms. Maybe if you get a chance, can you check out my recent post regarding sinuses and dizziness. Maybe collectively we can all figure out what is going on.

Thanks!

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=486986[/url]

 
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For months now my ears feel full and my head (especially my forehead and temples) feels like it is being gripped in a vice and my scalp is tender too. I feel off balance and dizzy and have a slight ringing in my right ear. Generally I do not feel unwell, but this is starting to get me down. I find myself holding / massaging my head to try and relieve the pressure, which is not good! Also, if I grip my nose and blow, I have a cracking noise in my nose, and also have a crackling noise in my ears. It's almost as if my head is full of fluid and pressure and there is no where for it to go! When I blow my nose, I get little, or no discharge. The feeling of pressure and tightness in my head and ears is the most worrying part. It is also worse if I learn forwards / bend down. Can anyone out there help please? The trips trips to the doctors have (so far) not helped at all!
Neilski - you may want to look into menieres disease. Sounds like you have some of the same symptoms. Thanks.

 
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Neilski - you may want to look into menieres disease. Sounds like you have some of the same symptoms. Thanks.

How does one get Meniere's?

 
Old 05-26-2007, 10:23 AM   #12
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Re: Fullness in Ears / head / feel off balance

hi there, our symptoms sound very similar! i'm giving the drs another try!! trying another nasal spray which is having no effect, but i'm promised an ENT referral next time i visit! how are you getting on?

 
Old 05-28-2007, 10:56 PM   #13
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no do not look up meniers disease because that is completley diffrent. meniers disease is like vertigo attacks and go in spurts. what you are describing sounds like what ive had now for a while which is Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis. its a virus that attacks your inner ear.

i would go see a neurologist to rule out anything serious....which it very rare for it to be anything serious....and then go see a balance doctor and an ENT

 
Old 07-19-2007, 03:15 PM   #14
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I am looking for a Meniers specialist in the Pheonix area. Does anybody here know of one? Thanks.

 
Old 07-24-2007, 08:20 PM   #15
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did you ever figure out what was wrong with your ears? Seems, I have very similar symptoms. I hope you are much better.

Thank you,
Susan

 
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